This program has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 5.50 total CLE hours, with 1.25 hours of attorney professional conduct instruction.

Both new and veteran attorneys representing public school districts will benefit by attending this Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys (OCSBA) workshop. Experienced school attorneys and other experts in the field will provide information you need to stay current with the most recent legal developments in school law.


8:30 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
8:50 a.m.
9 a.m.
Social protests in public schools
Stephen Francis, Esq., president, Franchise D&I Solutions LLC
Social protests by students are much more than boisterous pupil gatherings. This session will focus on the legal status of social protests in public school settings, including how to successfully respond to them and the school district attorney’s role in advising boards on this emerging issue.
10 a.m.
Unique student residency issues
Stephanie Olivera Mittica, Esq., associate, Roetzel & Andress
This session will discuss unique student residency issues, such as resolving conflicts among court orders, Ohio Department of Education (ODE) requirements and service agency placements. Recent court decisions affecting student residency issues also will be reviewed and time will be provided for questions and audience discussion.
11 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
Special education in 2020
Jeremy J. Neff, Esq., attorney, Ennis Britton Co. LPA
COVID-19 and the resulting school building closures created numerous issues surrounding the delivery of special education and related services. ODE’s Office for Exceptional Children also proposed edits to its operating standards this year. This session will explore key information you need to know on both topics.
12:30 p.m.
Lunch (provided)
1:30 p.m.
OTES 2.0: A revised teacher evaluation system
Nicole M. Donovsky, attorney, Bricker and Eckler LLP
Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) 2.0 has generated numerous questions and issues for districts as they attempt to adopt the new requirements. COVID-19 and the closure of school buildings have complicated the status of OTES 2.0 even more. This session will address many of the questions that have arisen, examine the new requirements and review the progress of school districts in adopting the new standards.
2:30 p.m.
2:45 p.m.
Professionalism considerations when handling internal investigations
Lisa M. Burleson, Esq., and Megan E. Greulich, Esq., attorneys, Walter Haverfield LLP
This session will address critical professionalism considerations involved when handling an internal investigation for a client school district. Join us for a lively discussion of hypothetical scenarios involving structuring a proper engagement letter, conducting a thorough and timely investigation, interacting with law enforcement, avoiding conflicts of interest in the investigatory process and more.
4 p.m.